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Haiku contest winner

Karen O’Hara is the winner of the 2018 Rentschler Library Haiku Contest. Karen is the Web Specialist for University Communications & Marketing in Oxford and teaches EGS 215 (Workplace Writing) on the Hamilton campus.

Her haiku:

Window cat wonders

at snowflakes dancing up, down
Why can’t she catch them?


Her haiku was selected by a panel of four judges using a blind review process. There were 39 other entries. Thanks to all who submitted a haiku!

Shout out to Carrie Girton, Public Services Librarian & Web Developer, for creating the haiku website and managing the submissions. Another shout out to Ruth Orth, Regional Campus Social Media and Communications Specialist, for including the contest in the digital signage system.

I’d also like to thank the other judges: Krista McDonald, Library Director, Dr. Theresa Kulbaga and Dr. Tory Pearman, Associate Professors from the Department of Literature, Languages, and Writing.

Still time to enter our haiku contest!

There is still plenty of time to submit your own original haiku for the Rentschler Library Haiku Contest!  The contest ends April 30th. Winner gets a T-Shirt!

Nature themes always make for good haiku. In fact, traditional Japanese haiku almost always had some mention of what season it was written. (either explicitly or implied). Just look around you for inspiration as you walk to class. Take, for instance, the Canadian geese outside of Schwarm Hall…

image of Canadian Goose

Harbingers of spring:
daffodils, tulips, robins
goose poop on sidewalks.



Your haiku must be in the 5-7-5 syllable format. The contest is open to students, faculty and staff. Winners will be announced no later than May 4th.

Do YOU Haiku? Enter our Haiku Contest!

yoda from Star Wars

Swampy Dagobah —
even a Jedi Master
can’t keep his feet dry.


If you enter the Rentschler Library Haiku contest, you don’t even have to have a serious theme. That’s how wide open the contest is. Write one about your favorite popular culture thing, your dog, that time you got sick on the bus. As long as it’s cleverly done, we don’t care.

So go ahead…submit a haiku using our online form. Win, you just might.

Enter our Haiku Contest

haiku T-shirtApril is National Poetry Month and just one of the ways Rentschler Library is celebrating this year is with our Haiku Contest. Just write your own original haiku in the 5 syllable, 7 syllables, 5 syllable format and you could win a haiku T-shirt (at left.) You get to select your color and size, though.

The contest is open to all Miami-affiliated persons (students, faculty, 
and staff.) You can enter your haiku online at the URL below or stop by our display in Rentschler Library to fill out a form. We also have a small collection of haiku books on display for inspiration. 

Entry form:

What is a haiku? Here’s what the Academy of American Poets says:

“A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression….. As the form has evolved, many of these rules—including the 5/7/5 practice—have been routinely broken. However, the philosophy of haiku has been preserved: the focus on a brief moment in time; a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment and illumination.

Here’s a haiku from novelist and poet Richard Wright to get you started:

 From this skyscraper,
all the bustling streets converge
towards the spring sea

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Staff Picks, part 3

Public Services Librarian Carrie Girton is up next with her list of favorite recently added books. Carrie develops &  manages our collections in anthropology, business, commerce (small business), criminal justice, finance, forensic science and investigation, geography, law, management, marketing, political science, recreation, and sociology.

book cover Braving the Wilderness

“In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.” (Amazon)





book cover for Digital GirlsDigit@al Girls highlights “today’s leading online cultural influencers—the female bloggers, designers, entrepreneurs, and activists—who are shaping what’s hot and what’s not in fashion, beauty, and personal style.” (Amazon)




book cover Knowing the ScoreKnowing the Score: What Sports Can Teach Us about Philosophy (And What Philosophy Can Teach Us about Sports)“ is [Not] a typical ‘philosophy of sport’ book that applies ethics and philosophy to sports. Instead, the author takes the more interesting approach and uses sports to explain philosophical theories.” (Library Journal)




book cover Rebellious BodiesRebellious Bodies: “Celebrity culture today teems with stars who challenge long-held ideas about a ‘normal’ body. Plus-size and older actresses are rebelling against the cultural obsession with slender bodies and youth. Physically disabled actors and actresses are moving beyond the stock roles and stereotypes that once constrained their opportunities. Stars of various races and ethnicities are crafting new narratives about cultural belonging, while transgender performers are challenging our culture’s assumptions about gender and identity.” (book cover)

book cover Fifty InventionsFifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy  “paints an epic picture of change in an intimate way by telling the stories of the tools, people, and ideas that had far-reaching consequences for all of us.” (Amazon)

Staff Picks part 2 – New Books

Library Director Krista McDonald is next up for our list of favorite new books. One of the collection areas that Krista manages and develops is children’s books and these are few of her favorite recent purchases. Krista also handles our collections in education, psychology, social work, visual arts, and women & gender studies, to name a few.

Beauty and the Beast book cover“Beauty and the Beast: a Retellingby H. Chuku Lee, illustrated by Pat Cummings.
“This retelling of Beauty and the Beast ‘draws on the cultural imagery of West Africa.’ I selected this title for highlighting because the author has previously won the Coretta Scott King Award, the book is a multicultural version of a familiar fairy tale, and it also is a good resource for an assignment I have assisted students with which requires them to find alternate versions of fairy tales.”

Jack and the Beanstalk book coverJack and the Beanstalk,” by Nina Crews.
“Another retelling of a fairy tale that works for the assignment. The story is told with multicultural characters photographed in a modern, urban setting.”




Celebrate book series coverCelebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur  by Deborah Heligman, consultant Shira Stern. “This diverse, informative series introduces children to a varied selection of religious and cultural holidays presented from a global perspective.  I had previously selected a number of children’s books for holidays and celebrations that most American children would be familiar with (think Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day) and felt that we needed additional materials describing some that represent global cultures and religions. Each book has a series author as well as an expert consultant to ensure cultural and religious accuracy.”

Another title Krista selected is this Introduction to the Chinese New Year by Carolyn Otto and consultant Haiwang Yuan. A reviewer in Booklist said “Vivid, colorful photographs of fireworks, lion dancers, lanterns, and food fill the pages of this introduction to Chinese New Year. The concise but informative narrative notes when the event occurs cites a few of the countries where it is observed and explains the reasons behind the customs and symbols, especially those traditions involving children.